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Recommended Reading List

Our team has put together a list of their favorite books they recommend to provide some additional opportunities for growth and healing. The books are listed in no particular order.


  • The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel Van Der Kolk
  • The Gifts of Imperfection: 10th Anniversary Edition by Brene Brown
  • Changes that Heal by Henry Cloud
  • Braving the Wilderness by Brene Brown
  • Your Brain is Always Listening by Daniel G. Amen
  • Trauma Is Really Strange by Steve Haines
  • Post-Traumatic Thriving: The Art, Science, & Stories of Resilience by Randall Bell
  • Warrior by Dr. Shauna Springer
  • The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz
  • Atomic Habits by James Clear
  • Raising Men by Eric Davis US Navy Seal
  • The Way of the Superior Man by David Deida
  • The Mastery of Self by Don Miguel Ruiz Jr.
  • CPTSD from Surviving to Thriving by Pete Walker
  • Getting Past Your Past by Francine Shapiro
  • In an Unspoken Voice: How the body Releases Trauma and Restores Goodness by Peter Levine
  • Healing Trauma: A Pioneering Program for Restoring the Wisdom of Your Body by Peter Levine
  • Walking the Tiger: Healing Trauma by Peter Levine
  • Trauma and Memory: Brain and Body in search for the Living Past by Peter Levine
  • The Empath’s Survival Guide by Judith Orloff
  • Codependent No More by Melody Beattie
  • Language of Letting Go by Melody Beattie
  • The Complex PTSD Workbook—Arielle Schwartz, PhD
  • The Now Effect” by Elisha Goldstein
  • Scared Sick: The Role of Childhood Trauma in Adult Disease Book by Robin Karr-Morse
  • No Bad Parts: Healing Trauma and Restoring Wholeness with the Internal Family Systems Model by Richard Schwartz Ph.D.
  • Rising Strong by Brene Brown
  • The Myth of Normal: Trauma, Illness, and Healing in a Toxic Culture by Gabor Mate
  • Chasing the Scream by Johann Hari
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
  • In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts by Gabor Mate
  • What Doesn’t Kill Us: The New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth by Stephen Joseph Ph.D
  • Limitless by Jim Kwik
  • Struggle Well: Thriving in the Aftermath of Trauma by Ken Falke and Josh Goldberg
  • The Pocket Guide to the Polyvagal Theory: The Transformative Power of Feeling Safe by Stephen Porges


  • Beating Burnout at Work: Why Teams Hold the Secret to Well-Being and Resilience by Paula Davis
  • Boundaries — Townsend & Cloud
  • Seven Habits Of Highly Effective People by Stephen R Cove
  • Girl Wash Your Face by Rachel Hollis
  • Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger


  • Lifting Heavy Things: Healing Trauma One Rep at a Time by Laura Khoudari
  • Becoming a Supple Leopard 2nd Edition: The Ultimate Guide to Resolving Pain, Preventing Injury, and Optimizing Athletic Performance by Kelly Starrett



  • Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life Book by Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • The Art of Happiness: A Handbook for Living Book by 14th Dalai Lama and Howard C. Cutler
  • You Are Here: Discovering the Magic of the Present Moment Book by Thich Nhat Hanh
  • The Tao of Pooh & The Te of Piglet Book by Benjamin Hoff
  • Meditations (Penguin Classics) Book by Marcus Aurelius
  • Bhagavad Gita (in English): The Authentic English Translation for Accurate and Unbiased Understanding Book by Hari Chetan
  • Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport
  • Relaxation Revolution: The Science and Genetics of Mind Body Healing by Herbert Benson,


  • Thinner Leaner Stronger: The Simple Science of Building the Ultimate Female Body by Michael Matthews

Military Sexual Trauma

  • Healing Sexual Trauma Workbook: Somatic Skills to Help You Feel Safe in Your Body, Create Boundaries, and Live with Resilience by Erika Shershun
  • Warrior Renew: Healing from Military Sexual Trauma by Jane Hammerslough and Lori Katz
  • The War Inside My Head: My Story of PTSD After Military Sexual Trauma by Anna Rose

Alcohol and Drugs

  • Adult Children of Alcoholics by Janet G. Woititz
  • What Doesn’t Kill Us: The New Psychology of Posttraumatic Growth by Stephen Joseph Ph.D


  • Love & Respect by Emerson Eggerich
  • Love What Is by Byron Katie
  • Deeper Dating by Ken Page
  • Receiving Love: Transforming your Relationship by Letting Yourself Be Loved by Harville Hendrix & Helen Lakelly Hunt
  • 101 Nights of Great at Romance by Laura Corn


  • ScreamFree Parenting, 10th Anniversary Revised Edition: How to Raise Amazing Adults (only available as an Audio file)
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Sean Covey

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